Matero Member of Parliament Miles Sampa has formally announced his plans to contest the presidency of the Patriotic Front (PF) and eventually presidential by-election.
Mr. Sampa told the media in Lusaka today that he decided to contest for the PF top seat following the announcement by acting party president Guy Scott that the party will choose its president at the general conference to be held in Kabwe.
He explained that he received overwhelming calls from party officials and the general public challenging him to represent PF in the forthcoming presidential by-elections.
He said he has taken up the challenge and has since challenged other potential leaders to apply for the position.
Mr. Sampa, who is also Commerce Deputy Minister, said people with different opinions should respect his decision to contest because it was his democratic right to vie for any position in the party.
He has since relinquished his position as PF chairman for commerce as enshrined in the party constitution that members of the central committee wishing to contest presidential positions should first relinquish their positions.
He has further challenged those contesting the presidency to relinquish their party positions.
And Mr. Sampa has described as false claims by some PF members that the late President Michael Sata anointed Defence and Justice Minister Edgar Lungu as a presidential candidate for PF.
He said if Mr. Lungu’s team insists that the late Mr. Sata anointed him, he should produce letters signed by the late president to prove his claims.
Meanwhile, Mr. Sampa has called for peaceful and clean campaigns by all well-meaning citizens.
After declaring his intentions, Mr. Sampa officially applied to contest the presidential race on the PF ticket.
He this morning submitted his application letter to the office of the Acting President Guy Scott at Cabinet Office, as a presidential candidate for PF.
This was after he announced his candidature at a media briefing held at Pamodzi Hotel this morning.